The US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) Acquisition Center is soliciting comments and suggestions from industry on the Department of Defense Language Interpretation and Translation Enterprises (DLITEII) draft Request for Proposal (RFP). The purpose of this notice is to obtain information from industry to improve the content, clarity, correctness, and completeness of the draft RFP. The Government will consider all questions and comments received from potential offerors in the preparation of the final RFP.
An excerpt from the draft RFP follows:
This acquisition is being issued under the authority of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 37 and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 237, which describes the policy and procedures for procuring services in a performance based contracting environment.
This solicitation is for Department of Defense Language Interpretation and Translation Enterprise (DLITE) service support. The intent of this solicitation is to address the expanded scope of linguist support for military operations and exercises throughout the world. The Government’s demand for contractor-provided foreign language support has grown substantially in terms of size and scope since the events of 9/11. The need for contract foreign language support to meet the threats to U.S. interests is expected to grow and continue to become more diverse over the anticipated contract period of performance. In turn, contractor’s proposals will need to be sufficiently comprehensive and flexible in order to successfully adapt to these changing threats and increasing requirements.
As part of this strategy change, the Department of the Army (DA) made a decision to award separate contracts based on mission areas. This change in acquisition strategy recognizes the continued significant growth in the number and scope of both current and future linguist requirements.
To meet the need for contract foreign language support, the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) intends to award multiple, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), performance based services contracts using a BEST VALUE trade-off analysis covering the following two mission areas: Force Projection Operations and Train and Sustain Operations. Contracts for Force Projection Operations will be awarded under full and open competition; contracts for Train and Sustain Operations will be set-aside for small business. Small businesses may propose in both mission areas; however, offerors must submit a separate proposal for each mission area.
Full information is available here.